Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Ben Carson’s mother

"Baltimore moms can wait on the government to act and fail, or they can do what Ben Carson's mother did. She refused to accept excuses for failure, and instead taught Christian values of right and wrong and personal responsibility. The government cannot solve your problems-- they most likely created the problem in the first place." Star Parker


Sue said...


Anonymous said...

The shallowness of thought never ceases to amaze me.

The entire GOP field profiteers from, and Ben Carson is running for President on, demonizing all of the social programs that have made Ben Carson's success possible.

Ben Carson's mother, Sonya, dropped out of school in the 3rd grade and at the age of 13 married a significantly older man, a preacher from Tennessee, bearing him two sons (Curtis and Ben) before soon after divorcing him. After the divorce she and her young sons lived in public housing, where Mrs. Carson fed her two sons with the help of food stamps, clothed them with the assistance of government welfare and provided for their medical care courtesy of Medicaid.
Mr. Carson frequently credits his success to an early love of books, and confesses in his own book that his life could have taken a very different track had a Government program not been available to provide for him free reading glasses in his youth. Upon graduating from high school, affirmative action eased young Ben's acceptance into Yale, where he utilized government Pell grants to help pay for tuition. Mr. Carson then relied on grants from the United States Public Health Service to pay his way through the University of Michigan Medical School.

Without FDR and LBJ, Ben Carson the kooky yet renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon, doesn't exist.

Norma said...

The way you Democrats want it, the welfare folks should have stayed right in the community, forever with their hands out and they should have never left the plantation. Many people have given kudos to gov't programs--without saying that the poor should be forever tied to them, the way you want, and that Democrats should become rich on their backs.

Anonymous said...

a remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful.

Anonymous said...

Ben Carson must be your flavor of the month

Norma said...

I admire Carson's accomplishments, however, Walker and Jindal are still my first choice. I know you think Clinton is a winner, but for a party that has only a crook to run, it's very odd to be criticizing a man of great accomplishment and faith.

Anonymous said...

Your grumpy troll writes well but inaccurately, assuming that all transfer programs have gotten as fat and debilitating as they are because of Democrats only. When Republicans try to reduce the increase, the Democrats become apoplectic and scream nasty names. Sorry, that doesn't fly. Republicans have actually contributed a lot to this mess.

Anonymous said...

Grumpy Troll here.
The claim of fat and debilitating 'transfer programs' is a meme that surely needs addressed.

The data empirically documenting the transfer of wealth - from the working poor and the shrinking middle class - to the rich, is voluminous.
If this fact has somehow escaped notice, enlightenment is readily available, simply Google - Income Inequality.

But alas, studies have proven that ideology eschews enlightenment, especially conservative ideology.

So, I share with you the wisdom of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, aka, the Pope;
“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” Francis wrote in the papal statement. “This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacra­lized workings of the prevailing economic system.”

Pope Francis went on to attack the "widening gap between those who have more and those who must be content with the crumbs", calling on governments to implement "effective policies" to guarantee people's fundamental rights, including access to capital, services, educational resources, healthcare and technology.

So, it appears empirical evidence AND the Pope have measured your argument, and found it wanting.

Norma said...

If gaps were the cause of poverty, then the gap between me and Bill gates would make you and me poor, and the government should take some of his company and give it to less qualified people. The pope is wonderful. Do you quote what he says about your sins?

Anonymous said...

Bobby Jindal?

His current approval rating in Louisiana stands at 27%.

Upon taking office Jindal inherited a $1.1 Billion budget surplus.
7 years later, after implementing draconian ALEC inspired budget (ala Sam Brownback, KS) in which he slashed services to the working poor and rewarded the rich with generous tax cuts, he is now facing a deficit of $1.6 Billion.
An insurmountable deficit that will bring significant pain to nearly all Louisianans (ala Sam Brownback, KS)
A failed reign as Governor that even his fellow Republicans now admit:
"They've used all the smoke that was in the can and all the mirrors that they could buy and now they're out of tricks. Their solution is to gut higher education like a fish," said Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy.

After 7 years of Bobby Jindal, Louisiana is not only facing a financial crisis, they currently rank among the very worst in the nation in healthcare, education, poverty, pollution and income inequality.

Exactly what, may I ask, qualifies this man to hold the highest office in our nation.
Really.. I'd love to hear your answer.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Bill Gates, you might be interested to know:

"Billionaire Bill Gates Calls For Increasing Taxes On The Rich: ‘That’s Just Justice’"

And to answer your question about the Pope;
"Do you quote what he says about your sins?"

I can only assume it's the very same thing he says about yours.

Something I know the Pope did indeed declare"
"concern for the poor is in the Gospel, it is within the tradition of the church, it is not an invention of communism and it must not be turned into some ideology,"

Norma said...

Concern for the poor doesn't mean taking money forcibly from you to pay for me. Jesus never suggested the Roman government take care of his followers.